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FRITZ!Box 7490 Service

Configuring a USB storage device connected to FRITZ!Box

The FRITZ!Box allows you to use USB storage devices connected to it as a central storage location in the home network ("Storage (NAS)"). This way all of the devices in the FRITZ!Box home network such as computers, smartphones, and tablets can use a web browser as well as the Server Message Block protocol (SMB) to access your files (for example with the Windows Explorer on a Windows computer).

In addition, you can set up a secure Internet sharing for the storage (NAS) and then access the files on the USB storage device from the Internet at any time.

Requirements / Restrictions

  • The USB storage device must be formatted with the file system NTFS, FAT/FAT32 or ext2/ext3/ext4 and may have no more that four partitions, each up to 4 terabytes in size.

    Note:If the USB storage device is formatted with a different file system, the FRITZ!Box USB remote connection software will allow you to use it with the FRITZ!Box.

Important:Some of the settings described here are only displayed if the advanced view is enabled in the user interface. The configuration procedure and notes on functions given in this guide refer to the latest FRITZ!OS

1 Preparations

Disabling the USB remote connection for USB storage devices in the FRITZ!Box

You cannot access a USB storage device connected to the FRITZ!Box with more than one device at the same time if the device is configured for use with the USB remote connection software:

  1. Click "Home Network" in the FRITZ!Box user interface.
  2. Click "USB Devices" in the "Home Network" menu.
  3. Click on the "USB remote connection" tab.
  4. Disable the "USB storage media" option.
  5. Click "Apply" to save your settings.

Connecting a USB storage device to the FRITZ!Box

  • Connect the USB storage device to a USB port on the FRITZ!Box.

    Important:The FRITZ!Box supplies USB devices with up to 900 mA in accordance with the USB 3.0 specification. If you would like to connect more than one USB device without its own power supply, then the second device may not consume more than 150 mA. Connect devices that require more power to the FRITZ!Box by means of a USB hub with its own power supply (active USB hub).

2 Setting up FRITZ!Box users

In order to access storage (NAS) contents, you need a user account with a user name and password. Set up a FRITZ!Box user in the FRITZ!Box for this purpose:

  1. Click "System" in the FRITZ!Box user interface.
  2. Click "FRITZ!Box Users" in the "System" menu.
  3. Click the "Edit" button for the user who is to access the storage (NAS),
    • or, if you have not configured any users yet:
      • Click the "Add User" button and enter a name and password of your choice for the user in the corresponding fields.
  4. Enable the option "Access to NAS contents".
  5. Click the "Add Directory" button.
  6. Enable the option "All storage available on the FRITZ!Box" if the user should be allowed to access all storage available on the FRITZ!Box,
    • or, if the user should only be allowed to access a particular storage or folder:
      • Enable the option "Select folder".

      ATTENTION!If you grant access to all folders, then the user can access all of the faxes, answering machine messages, and any online storage you may have configured.

  7. In the "Directory" section, assign the user read and write permissions to the storage.
  8. Click "OK" to save the settings.

3 Configuring login to the home network

  1. Click "System" in the FRITZ!Box user interface.
  2. Click "FRITZ!Box Users" in the "System" menu.
  3. Click on the "Login to the Home Network" tab.
  4. Enable the option "Login with FRITZ!Box user name and password",
    • or, if all users are to use a shared password to access the FRITZ!Box:
      • Enable the option "Login with the FRITZ!Box password" and enter a password of your choice that will be required to access the FRITZ!Box user interface.
  5. Click "Apply" to save your settings.

4 Setting up storage (NAS)

  1. Click "Home Network" in the FRITZ!Box user interface.
  2. Click "Storage (NAS)" in the "Home Network" menu.
  3. Enable the option "Storage (NAS) enabled".
  4. Click "Apply" to save your settings.

5 Accessing USB storage devices

You can access USB storage devices connected to the FRITZ!Box with a web browser, the Windows Explorer, the macOS Finder, and from the Internet:

Accessing storage (NAS) with a web browser

In the home network you can use a web browser to easily access USB storage devices connected to the FRITZ!Box:

Accessing storage (NAS) from computers in the home network

Computers in the home network can use the Server Message Block protocol (SMB) to access USB storage devices connected to the FRITZ!Box with the Windows Explorer or macOS Finder:

Accessing storage (NAS) over the Internet

You or your friends can access particular contents of USB storage devices connected to the FRITZ!Box from the Internet at any time by means of a secure Internet sharing: